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4K copy protection removal shop settles for $5.2 million

Ace Deal is paying Intel and Warner Bros. a hefty sum for allegedly helping with piracy.<p>Intel and Warner Bros. are still very much embroiled in a war on companies stripping copyright protection from 4K and Blu-ray videos. Hardware seller Ace Deal has agreed to pay the two industry giants $5.2 …

Warner Bros

Dropbox's Infinite feature needs deeper access to your computer

And people sure aren't happy about it.<p>On the surface, Dropbox's Project Infinite sounds great. The feature will give you access to everything in your account without having to store them on your computer. It's bound to save space, especially if you're using an SSD with a smaller capacity. As</i> …

Dropbox

Cinematic VR maker Jaunt needs a new CEO

Its current leader is stepping down.<p>Let's say you run a well-funded startup in the super-hot virtual reality sector. What would you do -- bask in your success? Don't tell that to Jaunt CEO Jens Christensen. After just three years at the cinematic VR company he helped create, Christensen is stepping …

Virtual Reality

Nest's co-founder is releasing a smart kids' go-kart

Tony Fadell's Arrow Smart-Kart putts around with help from your phone.<p>Nest co-creator Tony Fadell isn't focused <i>solely</i> on making intelligent thermostats and smoke detectors. He recently unveiled Actev Motors, a company whose inaugural Arrow Smart-Kart promises to give kids a taste of what smart cars …

Tony Fadell

Google Photos celebrates first birthday and 24 billion selfies

And Nexus devices could soon see unlimited original-quality photo storage.<p>Happy birthday, Google Photos. In the year since its launch, the service has created 1.6 billion animations, collages and movies from your snapshots, according to a post on the Google blog. More than that, there've been some …

Google

ASUS' GeForce GTX 1080 is faster and more colorful

The flagship video card is quieter and more affordable, too.<p>NVIDIA's official GeForce GTX 1080 is fast, but let's face it: you're <i>really</i> waiting for the third-party cards that push the limits of what the high-end graphics chipset can really do. And it looks like your patience just paid off. ASUS has …

NVidia

Phonebloks creator isn't entirely happy with Project Ara

He says Google could do better.<p>Dave Hakkens, the brains behind the Phonebloks modular phone concept, thinks Google could do better when it comes to Project Ara. In a blog post, Hakkens said he wasn't happy that the modular phone's latest version puts its processor, battery, antenna, sensors and …

Phones

NASA successfully puffs up its inflatable space habitat

It took several hours, but this second test run paid off.<p>Second time's the charm. Following a less-than-successful initial test run, NASA and Bigelow Aerospace have successfully inflated the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module attached to the International Space Station. It took several hours (the …

NASA

Senate anti-encryption bill is effectively dead, for now

When the White House, CIA and NSA won't support it, the legislation doesn't stand much of a chance.<p>If you were worried that a possible Senate bill requiring encryption backdoors would get enough support to become law, you can relax... for a while, at least. <i>Reuters</i>' government tipsters claim that …

Encryption

Meet the wearable tablet you might use at your next job

Forget smartwatches. The Rufus Cuff is big enough to also replace your phone.<p>There's no way I would wear the Rufus Cuff wrist computer. After a few minutes with this 3.2-inch Android tablet strapped to my body, my wrist started to get all sweaty. It felt bulky, weird and to be honest, not very …

Tablets

HomeKit does indeed make the August Smart Lock more useful

It's the same device introduced two years ago, except now it has Siri.<p>The August Smart Lock is not new. We reviewed it way back in 2014, and for the most part, everything we mentioned then still applies. The lock is still super easy to install, and it still works with deadbolts, not knobs. Most …

Domestic Technology

Six transforming furnishings that make the most of small spaces

There's a double decker couch, just like in 'The Lego Movie.'<p><i>By Cat DiStasio</i><p>Convertible furniture isn't new; most of us have lived with a shape-shifting futon or sofa bed at one point or another. Sometimes, though, a small abode cries out for much more than an extra sleeping surface, and designers …

Design

Recommended Reading: Is the VR hype train grinding to a halt?

The best long-form writing on technology and more in print and on the web.<p><b>Why the virtual-reality<br>hype is about to come<br>crashing down</b><br>Christoper Mims,<br>Wall Street Journal<p>While VR seems to be all the rage this year, <i>WSJ's</i> Christopher Mims argues that the bubble is about to burst. Mims says that it'll be …

Peter Thiel

ICYMI: Smashing bacteria, high-jumping roboroaches and more

Who's up for some IRL Pong?<p>Today on In Case You Missed It: Researchers from Seoul National University and UC Berkeley developed a robotic roach that jumps more than five feet high because people weren't scared enough of robots as it is. A team from Brigham Young University wants to figure out how …

Bacteria

Rosetta finds key building blocks of life in comet dust

Crucial organic compounds likely traveled through space from newly formed stars.<p>The amino acid glycine, one of the key building blocks of life as we know it, has been found in the "fuzzy atmosphere" of comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the European Space Agency announced today. The findings mean it …

Rosetta Mission

Europe will make publicly funded scientific research public

The change happens in 2020 and will also affect public-private partnerships.<p>European Union (EU) ministers have agreed to make a huge amount of scientific research in the region available free of charge by 2020. The move will open up publicly funded papers and articles to a wide audience, helping …

Research

Engadget

Showrunner / executive producer leaves Netflix's talk show

After nine episodes, Bill Wolff is no longer working on 'Chelsea.'<p>Netflix's first talk show is finally here, but less than a month after launching it will be moving forward without showrunner/executive producer Bill Wolff. <i>Deadline</i> reported the TV veteran's departure but didn't give a clue as to why …

Netflix

Google and Ray Kurzweil are making chatbots together

They're naming one of 'em Danielle.<p>While we don't often hear Ray Kurzweil's name associated with Google products, Mountain View hired him back in 2012 to work on unspecified machine learning and language processing projects. Now, the famous futurist has finally revealed one of the projects his team …

Ray Kurzweil

Activists say Vietnam shut down Facebook during Obama's visit

The move was meant to silence political dissidents.<p>During President Obama's three-day trip to Vietnam this week, authorities in the country blocked access to Facebook in an attempt to silence political dissidents, according to reports from two activist organizations. Digital-rights group Access Now …

Facebook

Latest robot roach can leap like the real thing

Get it off of me.<p>Look away entomophobes: a collaboration between South Korea's Seoul National University and UC Berkeley has created an unholy robotic cockroach that can not only crawl around to gross you out, but can also jump a solid five feet in the air and then prop itself up and keep on …

Robots

NBC will air the 2016 Rio Olympics in 4K, HDR and Atmos

But you'll have to wait an extra day to watch it that way.<p>NBC has announced that it will make content from this year's Olympic Games available to carriers in 4K and HDR, however there's one little catch: it will be delayed by a day. In a setup that will seem familiar to any early HDTV adopters that …

NBC

'No Man's Sky' is delayed until August 9th

Prepare to wait a bit longer before going on your interstellar journey.<p>The rumors are true: <i>No Man's Sky</i> isn't coming out in June, as originally planned. Instead, the world will have to wait until August to play developer Hello Games' ultra ambitious space-exploration game. Writing on the <i>PlayStation</i> …

PlayStation

Take Amazon's Alexa for a spin in your browser

No Echo necessary.<p>Alexa's gradual procession toward ubiquity is proof that the Echo speaker isn't the heart of Amazon's voice assistant, it's the server farms that run it. Now you can tap into Alexa with the device sitting on your desk or lap thanks to Echosim.io, a website that replicates the …

Amazon

NASA's first expandable habitat test on the ISS defeated by friction

They didn’t plan for fabric-on-fabric pressure, but a revised test will happen tomorrow.<p>NASA hopes that expandable habitats could dramatically expand livable space on the space station and Mars, but yesterday's first test on the ISS failed. Today, NASA and habitat builder Bigelow Aerospace …

NASA

SpaceX's next rocket launch and landing is just minutes away

Update: The landing is a success, SpaceX's third sea landing in a row and fourth successfully returned rocket.<p>Another sunny day in Florida, another launch and potential landing on a droneship for SpaceX. This time the company is launching the Thaicom 8 communications satellite, and the launch …

Space

Hulu may lose most of its anime catalog come June

'Naruto' fans can breathe easy, but old and obscure shows like 'Arjuna' and 'New Getter Robo' are going MIA.<p>Hulu might be best known for its catalog of network TV shows, but for fans of Japanese animation it's been a great resource for anime titles both new and old. That looks like it's changing on …

Anime

Senator behind biometric privacy act tries to remove its teeth

Proposed revisions would effectively end Illinois lawsuits against Google, Snapchat and Facebook.<p>The Illinois Biometric Privacy Act became law in 2008, making it illegal in the state to capture a person's biometric identifiers -- things like fingerprints, iris scans or faceprints -- without …

Privacy

Jawbone is reportedly stopping production on all of its fitness trackers

The company may also be selling its speaker business, as well.<p>Jawbone has struggled to gain traction in the fitness-tracking market for some time, despite being one of the first to the market. Now, it looks like the company is ready to cash it in entirely. A report from <i>Tech Insider</i> claims the …

Bluetooth

The Public Access Weekly: Time of the preacher

This week something happened on Game of Thrones, and I cannot tell you what that thing is because I am two seasons behind (and I don't give out spoilers). But I can tell you that a picture of Hodor did indeed appear in the elevator of the Engadget offices, so I look forward to finding out whatever …

PC Gaming